André De Shields will perform his one-man tribute to Louis Armstrong for four performances at the Queens Theatre in the Park, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, not far from where Armstrong lived from the 1940s until his death.
Entitled West End Blues: Louis Armstrong, De Shields co-wrote his solo show with James Mirrione. The musical performance, which concerns the life of the late jazz musician, includes such songs as "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Black & Blue" and "What a Wonderful World." De Shields will be backed by a five-piece jazz combo under the direction of Terry Waldo.
Nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production of The Full Monty, De Shields re-created his role as Noah "Horse" T. Simmons for the London production. He received another Tony nomination for his performance in Play On! and also starred on Broadway in The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin' and Haarlem Nocturne.
West End Blues will play Oct. 17 at 2:30 PM, Oct. 19 at 8 PM and Oct. 20 at 3 PM with a special student performance offered at 10 AM on Oct. 17. Tickets are priced between $18 and $24 and are available by calling (718) 760-0064.